Owl in Easton's Bible Dictionary
(1.) Heb. bath-haya'anah, "daughter of greediness" or of
"shouting." In the list of unclean birds (Lev.
14:15); also mentioned in Job 30:29; Isa. 13:21;
Jer. 50:39; Micah 1:8. In all these passages the
translates "ostrich" (q.v.), which is the correct
(2.) Heb. yanshuph, rendered "great owl" in Lev.
14:16, and "owl" in Isa. 34:11. This is supposed to
Egyptian eagle-owl (Bubo ascalaphus), which takes
the place of
the eagle-owl (Bubo maximus) found in Southern
Europe. It is
found frequenting the ruins of Egypt and also of the
"Its cry is a loud, prolonged, and very powerful
hoot. I know
nothing which more vividly brought to my mind the
desolation and loneliness than the re-echoing hoot
of two or
three of these great owls as I stood at midnight
ruined temples of Baalbek" (Tristram)...